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Old 11-22-2012, 04:25 AM   #1
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Rear gate latch

Is anyone else having trouble with the rear gate latch breaking? I've had to have mine replaced 6 times within the past 3 months. If I park on a slight incline and open the gate it breaks off, pulling with it the black panel on the side. One time it let go with such force it broke the tail light! Chrysler tells me nobody else is having this problem, but I find this hard to believe?
Pls. let me know if this has happened to anyone else?
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:15 AM   #2
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The actual door latch that keeps the door closed is breaking off? I've never heard of that. They are generally strong enough to not do that

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Old 11-22-2012, 07:31 AM   #3
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I have a 35" tire mounted on my gate and I am not having any trouble at all with the latch. I think the secret is not keep control of the gate until it is fully opened. You said it yourself, "One time it let go with such force it broke the tail light!" You just can't let it go
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I have the tire mounted as well on the back, and I always hold the rear gate door when opening, but once its open and I let go if on even a slight incline, that's all it takes for the latch to break off & the door to extend further than its supposed to. I'm from a small town in ME, and the Jeep dealership where I go for service says they've had 3 people have come in with this same issue with their Jeep's rear latch. The next time it happens, Chrysler says they will not pay for another repair. They feel this is my fault and therefore they're not responsible even though its supposed to still be under warranty (2012).
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:29 AM   #5
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I think you're confusing the latch which is on the drivers rear with the door stop that comes out by the subwoofer on the passengers rear. I have not heard of any latch problems but I have heard one person complain about snapping there door stop and breaking their hinges when it east opened and left to swing freely on an incline. Best advice is to not let go of door until fully at rest when opening. Is a cheap design and should be strongest imo
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:46 AM   #6
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I think I would add a DIY limiting strap to the hinge side of the door to prevent that from continuing to be a problem.
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I think you're confusing the latch which is on the drivers rear with the door stop that comes out by the subwoofer on the passengers rear. I have not heard of any latch problems but I have heard one person complain about snapping there door stop and breaking their hinges when it east opened and left to swing freely on an incline. Best advice is to not let go of door until fully at rest when opening. Is a cheap design and should be strongest imo
Yes, it is the door stop that comes out of the subwoofer on the passenger's rear side. I agree with the cheap design. After my 3rd repair Chrysler said they were going to redesign this latch since several were having the same issue, but then according to the service guy who does the repairs, nothing changed with their design when the next one came in. After the sixth repair Chrysler called to say nobody else was experiencing this problem, it was my fault and they were all done with me. He totally denied ever saying they were going to redesign the latch. The rope type device seems to work well, I don't even know what they added this cheap black latch?
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I think I would add a DIY limiting strap to the hinge side of the door to prevent that from continuing to be a problem.
Great idea, but it won't be done by factory if we put it on ourselves.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:59 PM   #9
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Goldensadie...I am having the same issue and I just bought my jeep less than a year ago...this to me is a jeep defect and they need to take ownership...I am currently going back and forth with the service manager and I am about to get a lawyer involved...if you go on the internet you will find multiple instances where this is happening and for jeep to say this is something they are not aware of is purely a crock of you know what...

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